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  • Couponing like crazy!
  • Turning Junk into Treasure!
  • Saving Plastic Bottles from Landfills!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


 I was able to take my sister in law shopping with me today. It was so awesome sharing my experience and knowledge with someone I care about. We hit Walmart first to double some coupons and match some ads.
 Bananas .33/lb @ Rancho Market
Milk 1 gallon $1.99 @ Rancho Market
 Salad .78 per bag regular price
Hidden Valley Ranch $3.74
-$1/1 Hidden Valley Ranch
Land O Frost 16 oz deli meat $3.98 regular price
-$1 (.55 coupon doubled to $1)= $2.98
(2)Fleishman's Yeast $1.04 each
-.80/1 (.40 coupon doubled)= .24 each
Carefree Panty Liners .94 each regular price
-$1/1 (-.50 coupon doubled)= FREE
Finish Gel Pacs 32+8 FREE Bonus pack ad-matched with Kmart for $4.99
-.75/1 Finish Gel Pacs= $4.24
Green Giant canned Green Beans .68 each regular price
-$1/2 (.50/1 coupon doubled)= .18 each!!!!
I went $9 over my intended budget for the week but I am ok with it considering what I got! We finally have a variety of snack options at home and I am finding it much easier to breathe as I look at my shelves today. 
 I got the new grocery ads today and there isn't much to be excited about. A few deals at Smith's that I will jump on at the beginning of the week, but I am thinking that I will have the majority of my grocery budget to put towards coupon doubling and other miscellaneous things my family needs for our home. 
 I took my sis in law to Walgreen's after Walmart and was able to help her get 2 Gillette Razor Comfort Packs, 2 Christmas Pencils, 1 Mission Foot Cream and 1 Softlips, all for just $10.35 with tax. Less than it would have cost her to get just one of the razors at regular price, before tax!!! 
 We will head back to Walgreen's on Thursday to use the $4 Register Rewards she has leftover from the shopping trip. She still thinks I'm nuts with all this madness I engage in, but now she appreciates it and sees why I do it. I think I have a convert! ;)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Today's Adventures!

 I have slacked off for about a month and it has begun to really show in our bank account and on our shelves! I am now repenting!!! I have been coupon hunting this week and will finish clipping and filing tomorrow. Today I hit Walgreen's in Springville to take advantage of some great deals. My favorite cashier, Albrie was there. You can find her at the cosmetics counter. She will help you and save you soooo much money!!
 I had a plan laid out and she helped me spend lots less than what I had expected to spend, plus I got twice as much product as planned.

I did several transactions! All using my Capital One Rewards card. We have been using it for everything lately and paying it off every two weeks, even though I have 0% interest for a year. Best to get in a good habit. Credit rewards are just another way to save/earn money on things you need to buy anyway!
Softlips lip care $2.00
Mission Muscle Cream $5.99
Total cost: $8.53
Earned $8.00 in Register Rewards

Gilette Fusion Razor  $10.99
-$5.00/1 Gillette Fusion Razor
(2) Christmas pencils @ .16 each (w/in-ad coupon)
-$8 RR
Total paid: $.91
Earned $4 RR
Mission Foot Cream $5.99
(2) Christmas pencils @ .16 each (w/in-ad coupon)
-$4.00 RR
Total Paid: $.58
Earned $6.00 RR

Gillette Fusion Proglide $10.99
-$5.00/1 Gillette Fusion razor 
(2) Christmas Pencils @ .16 each (w/in-ad coupon)
-$6.00 RR
Total Paid: .91
Earned $4.00 RR

Walgreen's Cold Sore Treatment $7.99 
-$4.00 RR
Total Paid: $4.53
Earned $8.00 RR

Softlips lip balm $2.00
Total Paid: $2.13
Earned $2.00 RR

Quaker Life Cereal $2.50
-$1.00/1 Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cereal (from the package of another Quaker box) 
Quaker Instant Oatmeal $2.50 
-$1.00/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal Chocolate Chip or Honey Bun
Though these coupons specified certain flavors, they still worked. It never hurts to try folks!!
(2) X Cel Laundry Detergent  @ $2.99 each (w/in-ad coupon)
(7) Christmas pencils @ .16 each (w/in-ad coupon)
-$2.00 RR
-$8.00 RR 
Total Paid: $.78
Earned $2.00 RR

X Cel Laundry Detergent $2.99 (w/in-ad coupon)
-$2.00 RR
Total Paid: $1.19

Total Retail Value overall: $87.23 (w/tax)  
Total Paid: $19.56
Nearly 80% savings! 

We also hit Macey's today.
  Thankfully, the Chex deal will continue through tomorrow. I wasn't able to round up enough coupons last week to take advantage of it. With all of my scavenging this morning though, I had enough to get 12 boxes!
You have to buy 3 boxes to get them for $1.49 each. They have a vendor coupon at the registers. I stacked on top of that (6) coupons for -$1/2 Chex cereals. Two of them I printed online, the rest I found in the bins. This made them $0.99 each.
 The Nabisco crackers were $1.69 each. I used an online coupon for -$1/2 Nabisco Crackers, making them $1.19 each.
 The Lindsay Olives are still just $.69 per can!!! Stock up!!! I got another 10 cans to supplement our supply.
The whipped topping is .69 each, limit 2, with in-ad coupon.
The cream cheese is .89 each, limit 2, w/in-ad coupon.
The marshmallows are .79 each. They only come this low at this time of year in my experience, so I stocked up and will likely get more to have on hand. Remember, if you get more at the low price now, you will save money in the long run, avoiding full price!! 
Total Paid: $30.50
A savings of just over 50%.   
I have $10 left in this week's budget. I will hit Double Tuesday at Walmart tomorrow for the first time in ages. I only plan to do a few doubles this time. Most of them I will do with next week's budget. I have two ad-matches to do:
Rancho Market
1 gal milk $1.99
Bananas 3lb/.99
Then Wednesday I will hit Buy Low since I am heading into town anyway and will see how much produce I can get with around $5. It will be interesting... :) 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Yesterday's Purchases

 I got all of my shopping done yesterday. It was an adventure. No power in the morning. Locked myself out of my house. Became a a breaking and entering expert. Finally got on my way and got a lot done. The day continued to be hectic, followed by a night of my daughter throwing up. But dang it! The shopping is done!! Except for the filter exchange I now have to make...
I hit Walgreen's first to use a $3 RR that needed using. I ended up getting Kraft Parmesan Cheese, for $1.11. They were out of the cheese I wanted.
Then I hit Walmart to do lots of ad matching!
The following items were regular Walmart price:
Hidden Valley Ranch $3.74
-$1/1 Hidden Valley Ranch= $2.74 (Not as good as when they were on roll back, but we needed it and this was definitely the best price around. I am a bit of a ranch snob....)
Kikkoman Soy Sauce $1.74
-$1/1 any Kikkoman Soy sauce (I guess everything is going up these days... 6 months ago, this same item was $1.46 retail.....)
The Parmesan is the one from Walgreen's.
 The following are my Rancho Market ad matches:
Roma Tomatoes 2 lb/.99
Avacados 4/$1

 Buy Low has some fabulous deals this week! Here are my ad-matches:
French Bread .50
Red or Green Leaf lettuce 3/$1
Radishes and/or Cilantro 3/$1
10 lb Russet Potatoes $1
Celery stalk 3/$1
Cucumbers 4/$1
Milk $2.25
-.75/1 any 1 gallon milk= $1.50 each
 I ad-matched the Shredded Cheese 8 0z bags with Walgreens for $1.50 each.
-$1/any 2 lb cheese, shredded, block or cube= $1.25 per bag.
 Some of you may know how much I LOVE after-holiday sales at Walmart!
I took advantage of the 50% discount and great availability and variety to get this electric jack o lantern, warning tape, garland, and large wreath. This is such a great way to get your festive supplies for any holiday or season. The only crappy part is waiting a whole year to use them! But it is such fun when you open that holiday's tote a year later and see the new things you forgot about!
Every deal except the cheese, which goes through Saturday, will continue through Tuesday if you are ad-matching. Some of the produce prices however, are Wednesday/Thursday only prices if you go to the actual store.